Cayuga County Fishing Report for October 20 – 27, 2017

The fishing report below is made available from the Central New York Fishing Hotline for October 20 through October 27 at Please visit that site for more information or to follow links.

Reports will be harder to come by because many anglers have pulled their boats for the season, so there will likely be few changes to the report in coming weeks. Oswego and Wayne Counties have weekly fishing hotlines on their web sites as well and would be another good option for fishing reports; Oswego County (; and Wayne County ( Though Onondaga County doesn’t have a weekly fishing report, their web site is another good source of fishing information in the region (

April 1st was the start of the new Freshwater Fishing Regulation Guide, April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018. You can obtain a copy from a licensing agent or view it at Summary of Freshwater Fishing Regulations.

Region 7:

Lake Ontario

The lake fishing is pretty much done for the season with most of the activity know taking place in the tributaries.

Cayuga Lake

Lake trout fishing has slowed down in the last few weeks but some are still being taken by vertical jigging in 85 to 90 feet of water. Trolling 70 to 90 feet down over 150 to 200 feet of water has also been working. Some rain is needed to get the water levels up in the streams to get the fall brown trout and Atlantic salmon runs going. With the number of large salmon caught in the lake this summer it will be interesting to see how the fall runs are.

Skaneateles Lake

The lake trout fishing has slowed down, fish are being marked they have just been hard to catch, which isn’t uncommon during spawning time. No word on the yellow perch bite.

Owasco Lake

Vertical jigging has been working on the north end, though it’s been very sporadic due to variable temperatures and weather patterns from day to day.

Visit the Cayuga County Tourism web page for more fun things to do on and around the water at!